Gone with the Rogue
Author: Amelia Grey
What I’m Talking About:
Gone with the Rogue was lovely, quick jaunt into Victorian England. Ms. Gray does a lovely job developing both Garrett and Julia. They are perfectly paired right from the beginning of the novel. Their relationship is full of hilarious mishaps on Julia’s end and perfectly timed heroics on Garrett’s. We are allowed to see the trust develop on both sides which compliments the chemistry between the two very well and makes for a richer storyline.
I did have a few issue with the book; first I felt like the secondary characters are meer shadows in the background rather the actually developed people adding to the story. Second, I felt like the villian, if you can even call him that, was mostly a well painted figment in Julia’s mind. I don’t doubt she has serious issues with him but we never see them first hand. He is all but invisible to the book, outside of a few conversations, until the last few chapters, and even then we are only given a glimpse of him. It hard to feel what Ms. Gray clearly wants us to feel for Julia and her predicament when there is no real interaction between the two characters. Finally, I felt as if the ending was a bit cliche, yes we all expect a happily ever after bow, and this was is endearingly sweet but cold have been a touch more creative or maybe had more time lapsed between the end of the book and the epilogue.
Overall, the novel was a bright, fun quick read perfect to take to the beach or to enjoy next to the pool, or sitting on the back porch with a cool drink. It doesn’t require you to think super hard while allowing you escape to another place adn time for a while and who doesn’t need that right now?
My Rating: B, Liked It
About the Book:
A powerful handsome rogue finally meets his match in Gone With the Rogue, the second book in the First Comes Love series from bestseller Amelia Grey.
She had an acceptable marriage of convenience. Now widowed, can this determined and beautiful mother find true and forever love?
The sinking of the Salty Dove took her husband’s life―but it didn’t drown Julia Fairbright’s courage to endure. She creates a proper life for herself and her young son. But now, the ton’s most notorious rogue is back, and how he makes Julia feel is anything but proper. She can’t deny the desires he awakens in her, even though she knows that the handsome devil will surely break her heart.
Garrett Stockton owns a successful shipping company and is rumored to have a woman on every continent and half-a-dozen in England. The truth, however, is that Garrett has but one mistress: the wide open sea. That is, until he meets Julia, whose spirit of independence matches his own. What begins as a flirtatious battle of wits turns far more passionate than either of them could have imagined. Suddenly, Garrett’s only desire is to sail into the sunset with Julia as his wife and young Chatwyn his son. But she won’t take his hand―how can he convince her that his love is real and his heart is hers?
Release Date: April 28, 2020
Publisher: St. Martin’s Press
Series: First Comes Love #2
Genre: Historical Romance
Format(s): paperback (304 pages), e-book
Book Source: Publisher/NetGalley
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Reviews in the Series:
The Earl Next Door by Amelia Grey (First Comes Love #1)